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MSA
Continued from page 1
the assembly and brought it legiti-
macy.
"We've gone after some impor-
tant issues, like campus safety and a
student regent," Stern said.
Also on the ballot is a question
concerning funding the Ann Arbor
Tenants' Union (AATU). Tenants'
union funding has been a divisive
issue for the assembly.
Representatives disagree over
whether AATU should receive MSA
funding in its budget or from the Bud-
get Priorities Committee. As a result,
AATU has only been allocated a frac-
tion of the funds they were given last.
year.
The ballot question proposes rais-
ing the student fee by 25 cents exclu-
sively to fund the tenants' union.
AATU Coordinator Pattrice
Maurer said she is confident the refer-
endum will pass, if students turn out
to vote.
Maurer said she is concerned, how-

ever, because many flyers and a ban-
ner advocating the tenants' union
cause have been vandalized in the
past few days, she said.
MSA election regulations forbid
defacing campaign literature, flyers
or banners.
"Our volunteers have put up hun-
dreds of fliers in the past few days that
have been torn down," Maurer said.
"We went through the time and effort
to make a banner ... and hung it in the
trees on the Diag at 2 p.m. yesterday.
It was gone by morning."
Maurer said she believes the van-
dalism is the work of "a small group
of students that are vehemently op-
posed to the AATU."
"Other than those students, we
don't hear anyone saying anything
negative about the tenants' union,"
she said. "It's heartening how many
students have taken the time to come
up to our offices and say, 'You helped
me two years ago. How can I help you
now?' There's a wealth of positive
feeling out there, and we hope they
will go to the polls."

Fed raises interest

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The Federal
Reserve raised two key short-term
interest rates by three-quarters of a
percentage point yesterday in an ef-
fort to slow strong economic growth
and keep inflation from getting worse.
The unexpectedly large rate in-
crease -the biggest single hike since
the early 1980s - indicated that Fed
officials have been surprised by the
strength of economic growth since

they last raised rates by a half-point in
mid-August, analysts said. Many ana-
lysts and traders had anticipated a
half-point increase yesterday.
And the size of the increase also
suggested the Fed probably intends to
leave rates unchanged for some time
-perhaps until a policy-making ses-
sion set for Jan. 31 - rather than
raising them again before Christmas.
Major banks quickly raised their
prime rates to 8.5 percent from 7.75

rates ,by
percent, meaning that many consumer
and business borrowers soon will be
paying more on loans. Rates on many
home equity loans and credit card
balances are tied to the prime, as are
many business loans, especially those
to small- and medium-sized firms.
Financial markets gyrated in re-
sponse to the Fed's rate increase, the
sixth this year, but the Dow Jones
industrial average finished down
slightly for the day while bond prices

.5 pomnt
were generally little changed.
Following the pattern set this year
of announcing the results of its policy-
making sessions, the Fed said that it
raised its target for the federal funds
rate, the rate financial institutions
charge each other for overnight loan
to 5.5 percent from 4.75 percent.
The large Fed move was generally
praised by Wall Street analysts who
fear the destabilizing effect of rising
inflation on financial markets.

OFFICE
Continued from page I.
help," he said.
Both departments hope the office
will establish abetter relationship with
the University. The office has desks
for officers, a phone connecting the
front desk to the Ann Arbor Police
and DPS and a conference room.
"We plan to use this room to hold
our meetings, or meetings with Uni-
versity groups of students of faculty
or whoever," said Russell, who added
he is enthusiastic about the prospect
of having more contact with students.
"I hope we have this office open
24 hours a day at some point," he said,
pointing to the fact that the comput-
ing center and faculty offices are in
use throughout the night.

SPRING TERM

*IN

R APIST
Continued from page I
"The purpose of this letter is to
appeal to a specific person -not to
the community at large or to the
rapist himself but to a specific per-
son," Lunsford said. "This is the
person who most probably is close
to this individual, who most prob-
ably lives with the individual and
can help us identify the suspect by
coming forth."
Investigators suspect that some-
one must have contact with the man
believed to be responsible for 12 at-
tacks on women. The most recent
attack occurred Oct. 13 near Commu-
nity High School.
The letter also stated, "This man
cannot stop himself, and will not stop
until he gets help."
"We need to get this person in
custody in order for him to get that
help," Lunsford said. "While most of
READ THE
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the tips have been well-intended,
they're not still particularly helpful."
Efforts to capture the serial rapist
have brought little progress, despite
the more than 900 tips the task force
has received.
"Without question, there is frus-
tration," Lunsford said. "Certainly we
would like to have this person in cus-
tody some time ago, however, the
investigators on the task force are
very enthusiastic.... We've done lit-
erally everything we can in terms of
physical descriptors or clothing de-
scriptions to help try to get this person
identified."
Acquaintances of the man police
are looking formay not be consciously
aware that the suspect is the perpetra-
tor of these attacks.
"I don't believe at this point in
time that we have an individual who
actually knows this person has com-
mitted this whole series of crimes,"
Lunsford said. "The task force truly

believes that this is not an individual
who is living totally by himself."
Allegations of racism have been
made by members of the Black com-
munity as to how the task force
conducting their investigation, b
investigators said the letter will help
alleviate those fears.
"We are hopeful that by using
these behavioral attributes, the kinds
of tips that we will get will be a better
quality rather than just 'I saw a Black
male, 25 to 35, who was wearing a
light-purple shirt,"' Lunsford said.
The serial rapist is described as -a
Black man with a light complexioc.
between 25 and 35 years old, approxi-
mately 6 feet tall, weighing nearly
170 pounds, with short hair.
There is a $100,000 reward for
information leading to the identifica-
tion and arrest of the serial rapist.
Anyone with information about
the serial rapist is asked to call the
task force at 994-9297.

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CLINTON
Continued from page :1
voluntary prayer in school and be-
lieves "there is room" to construct a
way of promoting voluntary prayer in
school without it being coercive.
On the actual wording of an
amendment, he said, "Obviously, I
want to reserve judgment. I want to
seethe specifics, but Ithink this whole
values debate will go forward and
intensify...."
He concluded, "I'll be glad to dis-
cuss it with them. I want to see what
the details are. I certainly wouldn't
rule it out; it depends on what it says."
White House officials could not
cite a previous definitive statement
from Clinton about school prayer.
During the campaign, Clinton ex-
pressed concern about such prayers
would become coercive, which is the
crux of why liberal and civil-libertar-
ian groups oppose such an amend-
ment.

9,
Their argument is that having
prayer as an official or sanctioned part
of school activities would only cause
pressure or humiliation for students who
decline to participate. They also argue
school authorities would end up con-
structing prayers and that students now
can pray in school on their own.
Civil-liberties groups accuse
Clinton of folding in his first confro
tation with Gingrich on social issues.
"I am really disturbed," said Arthur
Cropp, president of People for the
American Way. "I think you can read
the statement and insinuate he is mak-
ing gestures to the right wing. I think
it is a bad idea to cave into Speaker
Gingrich's desires so quickly."
And Richard Foltin, legislative
director of the American Jewish Coa
mittee, said he is "greatly disturber
that the president is willing to con-
sider an amendment.... It is unneces-
sary and more than that it is gravely
dangerous," a violation of the separa-
tion of church and state.

The Asian American Association and
the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
invites you to
a lecture on
"Anti-Asian Violence"
by
Roland Hwang:
Assistant Attorney General, President of the American Citizens for Justice /
Asian American Center for Justice
.,. * tr~.,.. *.. *
on
Friday, November 18
Anderson Room, Union
6-7 pm
For more information, call Dave @ 668-7998

MARIJUANA
Continued from page 1
you're really going to be compassion-
ate, you have to make sure you're
putting something out there that's
safe."
Charles Kile,'Jr., president of
United Medical Marijuana Smokers
of Michigan, said there are people
who want to legalize marijuana for
recreational uses and see medical
marijuana as a step in that direction.
But he said his group is only con-
cerned about medical uses and has
asked other groups not to piggyback
on its efforts.
"We didn't walk across Michigan
for people who want itfor social uses,"
he said.
Kile also criticized government
for demanding scientific proof of
marijuana's benefits but denying
funding for such research.

"I have to break the law every
single day to keep myself alive," said
Sandy Schutt. "You (lawmakers) s
I can't have it ... It should be betwe
me and my doctor and not between
anyone else."
Schutt, of Hastings, also made the
walk from Taylor to Lansing. She
suffers from chronic pain.
Peterson's report, done by West-
ern Michigan University, surveyed
about 61,000 high school students
during the 1993-94 school year. It
showed nearly 20,000 students -
about one-third of those surveyed -
said they had tried marijuana. More
than 11,000 said they had used mari-
juana within the last 30 days.
"Drug use climbs when percep-
tion of harm falls," Peterson said. He
added that the use recorded in Michi-
gan is nearly twice the national aver-
age. "We're not doing a good enough
job of getting the message out."

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